Preview: Devils vs. Americans, 5 PM
DEVILS (13-4-3-0) vs. AMERICANS (10-10-1-0)
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils will try and push their winning streak to five games when they host the Rochester Americans for a 5 pm contest at Times Union Center. No team in the AHL has been better than the Devils in the last 10 games. Their 8-1-1-0 record during that span, includes a 4-1-0-0 mark at home.
What To Watch For
• Albany: The Devils, who are coming off a 2-1 overtime win Wednesday against the St. John’s IceCaps are second in the North Division and third in the Eastern Conference at 13-4-3-0 (.725). Mike Sislo is on the verge of breaking Niclas Bergfors’ record for most power-play goals in team history. Sislo’s league-leading eight man-up goals has put his career total at 27. Bergfors registered 27 between 2006-09. This season, Sislo leads the Devils with 12 goals and is second with 18 points. He has points in all but five games this season.
• Rochester: Rochester lost to the Toronto Marlies, 4-0, last night at Blue Cross Arena. The setback halted the Americans’ three-game winning streak and they enter tonight’s game tied for fifth in the division and tied for ninth in the conference at 10-10-1-0 (.500). The team will be without its leading scorer as the Buffalo Sabres recalled Cal O’Reilly earlier today. In the AHL this season, O’Reilly has 14 points with three goals and 11 assists. Phil Verone and Jason Akeson are second on the team with 12 points each. Verone has a team-high eight goals and four assists and Akeson has four tallies and eight helpers.
Devils vs. Americans Series
• All-Time: The Devils and Americans are meeting for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Saturday’s game will be the 13th all-time between the two clubs and the Devils are 5-6-0-1 with a 2-3-0-1 home mark and a 3-3-0-0 road record.
• Last Meeting: Mike Sislo had a goal, but the Devils lost, 3-2, against the Americans at Times Union Center on Apr. 17, 2013. David Wohlberg also scored and goaltender Jeff Frazee made 33 saves on 36 shots. Zemgus Girgensons, Cody McCormick and Mark Mancari scored for Rochester. Netminder Matt Hackett made 36 stops on 38 tries.